Hen Wen the magical pig

The Book of Three Henwen 1800This is the white magical pig Hen Wen running through the underground world of the fairyfolk of Prydain.
I chose to illustrate the first book of the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three. These books have always been childhood favourites of mine. Especially The foundling but I thought it a bit odd to start illustrating covers for a series and not start with the first one.
The Dutch version of the Chronicles of Prydain had illustrations that managed to intrigue me and frustrate me as a child. They were pen and ink drawings with very fine detail that drew me in but when you looked at them more closely all sorts of things didn’t add up compared to the stories.Β  I remember drawing on top of the cover, getting even more frustrated and papering over it to hide it, feeling ashamed.Β  Consider this take two πŸ˜‰

It’s a painting to be used as a wraparound cover. You can see what I sort of had in mind for the text layout herehenwenwithtext. It’s also an entry for the Train your Brain Contest run by the Art Department on Deviant Art. There are many many many entries and lots of them are awesome. Go check it out

And with that I leave you with this quote from the book:

β€œMost of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”
― Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

6 thoughts on “Hen Wen the magical pig

    1. mdlillustration Post author

      Thank you very much for that! Especially that you think it works as a cover means a lot. I think the covers you link to work well but personally I just had to have Hen Wen on the cover πŸ˜‰

      Bye and have fun with the Harp!

      Reply
  1. rubygolem

    Great Hen Wen illustration! The Book of Three is one of my favorites along with the Castle of Llyr. Those two are my favorites in the series. Also thanks for following my blog.

    Reply

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